July 9, 2023 Subject:
Billy talks a lot about Hawaii in his book but has no memory of the four Hawaii '70 shows (they played these two and came back in June). This is one of TC's last shows, and just one set. With 3 openers and the previous night going long, maybe there was a stricter curfew [plus there's a missing reel]. After a sparkless first night, they are comfortable sounding and it's a better show. The next dates were in New Orleans, where the band got busted, down on Bourbon Street.
After a launcher of a Cumberland, the set is average until a good Mason's Children. Well, neither the best nor worst of the 19 versions; it still seems like it needs to be worked out. They never get the lyrics straight – which is likely one reason it got dropped. Black Peter is a top moment. It was played the night before, but here Jer's phrasings are particularly impressive, and TC is good. Good Lovin' is another repeat. With lots of push & tug, and Jer's best work in Hawaii, it's too bad it's incomplete; it was going so well! The OFF uses notch filtering to mask some feedback. There's a missing reel here, and we know there's a missing Caution because we have the end of Feedback. This was probably an Alligator>Caution, plus maybe a Dire Wolf or UJB before that. Bid You Goodnight is quite a good version. Dancing in the Street is raggedy, but the jam improves for a couple moments.
Overall = B- 3½ stars
Black Peter – particular
Good Lovin' – Jer's Hawaiian best
Feedback>And We Bid You Goodnight – trifle maybe but still a great version
SOURCES: The SBD has a couple dropouts. Dave's 19 has the whole show [that we have], and adds Feedback & We Bid You Goodnight. Both the SBD & OFF are slightly slow and need +1% pitch correction. Mason's Children is a bonus track on Workingman's, and needs +1% pitch.
January 24, 2016 Subject:
All we need is music
Great set list
Cumberland- (Not too many as 1st set openers)
Rain & Snow-(going back to 65)
Me & My Uncle- (Bob breaks a string)
King Bee- (has that Death Don't vibe but sexy)
Mason's-(not a fan, but solid, good vocals/jam)
Black Peter-played the previous night as well
Note: Jerry stretches this one out a wee bit
with a slower tempo.
Good Lovin'-well played but does have a cut.
Dancin'-very straight forward
BELOW FITS WITH MY THEORY ON THE SHORT SET:
Articles and ads in the Honolulu Star-Bulletin for 1/22 and 1/24/70 make it clear that there were shows only on the 23rd and 24th,
with the opening bands:
The Sun And The Moon,
and Pilfredge Sump,
with lights by Noah's Ark.
That is a lot of bands for a show that runs from 8pm to Midnight p.s.-The Airplane was definitely NOT on the bill.
May 15, 2015 Subject:
Awesome! Not a dark star or other one, yet a very psychedelically played show.
October 20, 2012 Subject:
Great Masons, just hit rotation.
January 24, 2011 Subject:
wish there was more
wish there were more tunes here, what is here is good though. masons children is probably the best ive heard it...nice work by jerry in dancing, such a different tune in the early days. cold rain and snow good too
March 2, 2009 Subject:
Now I get Mason's Children
This is the first time I've heard a coherent version of MS - I'd written it off since first hearing it many years ago.
Most of the songs are played with amazing intensity (Black Peter would get dynamically better with age) - especialy Cumberland Blues. TC's noodling is kind of nice on CB and the feel on the WMD songs is more '69 than '70 alt country.
January 9, 2009 Subject:
What a clean clean recording, the cleanest Mason's I've found.
The show is Island friendly, what a tough life these guys had.-lol
April 17, 2008 Subject:
A tropical breeze
February 13, 2008 Subject:
Sweet head music
This is without a doubt a classic! Sweet sound qaulity and excellent setlist. Highly reccomend this one! Cumberland Blues caught my attention.
October 20, 2007 Subject:
This show is absolutely amazing. This is what I wanted to hear. January 1970 in Hawaii? Wow.
March 10, 2006 Subject:
Where is everyone?
Show is awesome at the peak of Pig power.
December 2, 2004 Subject:
Short and sweet
Great pigpen finale - this dancin is rockin....
October 5, 2004 Subject:
An Overlooked Gem
A Nice Show (and short download).
Show has a nice mellow flow to it.
Me and My Uncle is played differently than
I've heard it before (just a bit slower) and
I like this version better. You can tell the
crowd dug what they heard. Sound quality is
awesome given that we're talking 1970.
Pigpen does a great King Bee. Pigpen
adds that element of coolness that just rounds
out a show. Some people say that Jerry and
Pigpen are dead, I say they are not- They live
on in the music they left behind. Thank you
archive, my CD collection grew by about 1000%.